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Northern Michigan University Wildcats hockey team fights to get 4-4 draw at Boston University

BOSTON — It seems like just about any time Northern Michigan University tangles with Boston University on the ice, the game either involves a furious comeback or goes into overtime.

On Friday night, both of those things happened as the Wildcats rallied from three goals down in the third period to tie the game 4-4 and forced the game into an extra session. However, neither team was able to score and the game went into the books as a 4-4 draw.

NMU struck quickly, getting on the scoreboard just 1:02 in as Joe Nardi gathered a loose puck and beat BU goalie Sam Tucker blocker-side on the Wildcats’ first shot of the game. However, a minute later, Northern coughed up the lead as the Terriers scored on their first shot on a power play tally by Patrick Harper.

Three minutes after that, BU took the lead on a goal by David Farrance and with 14 minutes remaining, BU went up 3-1 when Logan Cockerill one-timed a power play shot past Wildcats goalie John Hawthorne. Hawthorne finished with 35 saves.

Up by two to start the second period, the Terriers padded their advantage to three goals as Patrick Curry notched his third goal of the season. While BU was finding the net during the first two periods, NMU couldn’t as it missed some close opportunities near the Terriers’ goal.

That changed in the third period as the Wildcats finally found their offense. Vincent de Mey got the comeback started with his team-leading third goal of the season, and less than a minute later Caleb Schroer got Northern within one of the Terriers at 4-3 when he beat Tucker top shelf.

In desperation mode late, NMU tied the game with 2:17 left when Darien Craighead deflected a shot in the slot past Tucker.

The two teams will battle again tonight at 7 p.m. in Boston.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.

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